Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks Television Edition: Journalism

Having to list something based on a theme you yourself recommended (journalism of course) is ironic. I’m was excited about journalism at the end of 2019 because I work in journalism. Also when I recommended this theme I had just seen one of my recommendations! Now many months later the plan I had has escaped me and now I don’t know what I was thinking. Anyway, here’s my three not so theme within theme recommendations. There is a bit of a connection in here but it took ma AGES to figure out!

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Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks Television Edition: 2019 Freshmen Series

Last year I watched more shows than previous years because I stopped reading as much. This year is seemingly going the same route and honestly, I’m not very sad about this. Television shows have become so good and more big name talents are going to do television. In other words, picking three 2019 freshmen shows was not an easy task. There were many good choices among the freshmen and I’m struggling to find a coherent theme… until I found one. The freshmen shows I’ll recommend  are all non-Netflix shows.

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Actors/Actresses I Would See In About Anything (10 Things)

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Karamel Kinema was kind enough to forward me this cool blogathon that is all about those actors & actresses that one would watch in about anything. This idea originated with Abbi at Where the Wild Things Are, and this marks my first “passing the torch” blogathon I’ve ever been included in so I’m super excited. Though many of the current participants have kept the list strictly masculine, I’m gonna give it my best to include some lovely ladies in mine as well (as it was originally intended as well!).

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Favorite Friends moments

top10FriendsA while back The Film Sloth put together her Top 10 episodes of Friends and I was utterly shocked but not in a bad way. For me, putting Friends episodes into an order is almost impossible and I can’t even seem to get the list down to 15 or something. Therefore, I went around the problem and decided to do a Top 10 of my favorite Friends moments because that required  less of my brain cells. In the end though, it was still difficult and I had to summarize, like, a lot but those who’ve seen Friends, will understand this dilemma. But after some obstacles, I finally got my 10!

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Wanderlust (2012)

Call me crazy or just temporarily unhinged but yesterday evening when I decided to watch Wanderlust my intention to hate the movie fell flat. Was it offensive and outrageously abnormal in its illogical story lines and freaky characters? Yes. Was the acting on most parts just over doing the verbal insults? Yes. Was it all just couple of laughs during the whole movie? Yes. Was it pointless? Yes. But here comes the crazy: despite of all of this, I still found it lightly entertaining!

Much of the credit for my surprising position towards the movie (believe me, I am almost shocked!) is probably behind the love for the two main actors. Paul Rudd, who has done numerous movies with the writer and the director of the movie, David Wain, among the long list of collaborations with Judd Aptow, is the most likable person ever! I mean, even his very dirty and down to earth robust monologue in front of the mirror in Wanderlust was adorable because the guy simply can’t be offensive. Proof of his real life sweetness was actually shown in the blooper reel segment during the credits where he mumbled that he was grossing himself out. He was grossing me out too but in I good way I guess.

Second favorite is the Hollywood’s sweetheart Jennifer Aniston, playing Rudd’s wife and like always, her typical character as an appealing romantic lead with some slight nudity on her plate. So there is no surprise, although, is it me, or have Aniston’s characters gone from sweet and cute to a little bit more vulgar? I guess her Horrible Bosses role opened a few new doors for her. Anyway, this being said, she was like every other character she’s previously put on the screen but I like her that way. Knowing what you’re going to get when she is in the movie is some what a down side but meanwhile it’s kind of a consolation as well.

Other memorable roles include Aniston’s real life partner Justin Theroux, as a villainish man, and Malin Akerman, who is yet again the sexy other woman. So from the point of view of the casting, it all falls into the pattern of familiarity and it’s playing it safe. As far as the plot goes, the main couple ends up at this hippie community, where all those weird people with those quirks that belong to those types of living situations, are like a one big family. While it all is held together with two parallel story lines it falls a bit short from the perspective of telling a realistic story because I have trouble believing that forgiveness is that simple. Though, I guess Wanderlust isn’t about that deep real stuff but mainly an attempt to make people laugh which on some level actually works out.

Humor in comedies is starting to become my enemy, it has been made into this constant need to curse at everything and with every possible ways. Then there’s the disgusting things like not cutting the umbilical cord and walking around with it (seriously, that happened!) and old nude people running around – why? Am I the only one who thinks those type of “laughs” are ridiculously cheap and hardly worth watching again? I’m guessing that I’m not the only one based on the fact that Wanderlust fell short in the box office with getting only $21 million while the budget was a whopping $35 million. Which is a high fall from Role Models (Wain’s previous movie) that crossed the $92 million bar.

In the beginning of the post I mentioned that I actually enjoyed it. Well, the entertainment factor was probably a temporary fluke but I guess those types of comedies are only  effective when you have that mood. Luckily for Wanderlust, I was in that type of a mood but now as I had some time to think about it while writing this post, I am lowering my opinion just a tad.

Images from Rotten Tomatoes.

#240 – Wanderlust (Trailer special)

Another trailer special brings us the duo that we have already met – Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd star in Wanderlust as a couple who are forced to move out of New York and go far away from modern society. Some of you who are familiar with the movie world know that this isn’t the first time Aniston and Rudd play together: in addition to Friends they also portrayed friends in The Object of My Affection (1998) – both happen to be one of my favorites. So it’s no surprise that I have high hopes for this movie – high-high hopes!

Anistons boyfriend Justin Theroux also stars in this one (well this is awkward), Malin Akerman, Lauren Ambrose and many other familiar faces as well. David Wain is the director of this movie written by him and his collage friend Ken Marino. It is also a part of Judd Apatow’s production – Wain has worked with Rudd before, so has Apatow: apparently these men really like themselves some Paul Rudd and honestly – so do I. And I’m getting myself some Rudd when Wanderlust opens on 24th of February.

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# 189 – Horrible Bosses

Due to my Summer brake which means I have a lot of free time on my hands, I managed to go to the cinema twice (in June) – Horrible Bosses was my second choice and I was utterly thrilled about it. It seems that this is my 2011 favorite comedy so far and I think that it has a lot to do with the fact that the cast looks like the crown jewel of Hollywood. Starting with Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and adding to them their bosses Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell and Jennifer Aniston you would think that nothing can go wrong and that would be the correct way of thinking.

Horrible Bosses tells a simple story about three friends who have horrible bosses and who they decide to kill. Simple as that and with a lot of humor and what can only be described as slightly crazy looking Rachel (Aniston’s most beloved character) with Charlie Day was pretty awesome. It was very interesting for me to watch Jennifer Aniston doing that type of a character because I’m used to her as a soft humor girl but Horrible Bosses showed that she can be a bit crazy-scary-funny as well. Nothing bad about it, it wasn’t too over the top for the plot but I doubt that that kind of a boss can really be real. Talking about real looking bosses, Kevin Spacey did magic with his character,  the exact kind of horrible I was imagining before I watched this movie – making his employs do things by cornering them. I wouldn’t want to work with Kevin Spacey as my horrible boss but I would like to work with him as an actor – I think he’s brilliant. Colin Farrell had a lot of make-up and looked awful in a sense that he is a handsome man but in this he was far from it but he still gave a great performance.

Now when talking about the three friends who’s horrible bosses I already covered it’s really hard for me to grasp my thoughts into a solid sentences. First of all, I love all those guys, I liked them before but now it seems I have built up a fake love affair with all three (or if I had to choose one I would go with Bateman). They are all different, although both the Jasons look really similar: Bateman is this clean cut, sophisticated, hot from top to bottom and very sarcastic, Sudeikis is more loose, a bit rough around the edges and definitely more goofy while Charlie is cute as a button and more physical with his humor (his emotions at some moments were priceless). So putting them three together as a trio who were about to empark on a journey that was far from legal was a great casting call and with a solid script it’s no surprise they all signed in. This is exactly what I’m talking about, a solid script with a story that takes you from the beginning to end with lots of laughs and a great cast!

All in all, I liked this movie a lot and I’m totally okay with giving it a 4,5 out of 5. Why not 5, I think that considering its humor and vulgar approach to bosses, it might not be suitable for everybody and a movie that gets 5 should be good for everybody. I might even know why it has a 7,7 score in IMDb – comedies rarely get better grades cause humor is subjective and it’s very hard to get it 100% right with everybody. Horrible Bosses managed to get it right with me and I think that the fact that for me there haven’t been good comedies lately helped this movie out a bit – I just really needed a good laugh!

# 171 – Horrible Bosses

In this rate this summer is going to be very funny because another good comedy has released its trailer: Horrible Bosses. One thing that makes this probably my most favorite out of all the comedies this summer is the list of actors in it. Starting with Jason Bateman, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Aniston! This has all the comedy stars in one movie and it seems that it’s all what a great comedy needs. Add the fact that this movie is about bosses who are described as horrible you might even have something in common with it.

As an interesting fact, this movie was co-written by one of the cast members of Bones. Want to guess who? No. Okay. It is John Francis Daley who plays Sweets. Another fact, this movie opens on July 8th.

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# 95 – The Switch

Jennifer Aniston was one of my favorites  a while back but then she broke up with Brad Pitt and it has gone down hill ever since. Her Cougar Town role was absolutely horrible but what do you expect when you are a guest star to a show that is the lamest thing on television at the moment (to my knowledge)! But that was only 20 minute show where Aniston was on screen for like 5 minutes or so – The Switch had much more Aniston!

I don’t know if it was my lack of love for Jennifer Aniston that made me like Jason Bateman more and that likeness eventually turned into a sort of neutral feelings towards The Switch. The concept was of course weird but considering the rom-com’s (I’m adding that word to my dictionary!) nowadays it was okay. Jeff Goldblum had a great supporting role that added a little spice to the romantic duo. On that note, Bateman and Aniston – no chemistry at all! They didn’t feel it, I didn’t feel it.. and if you do then there’s something wrong with you.

The kid was adorable but what do you expect, they wouldn’t hire a kid that wasn’t adorable but you would think that they would at least find a kid that had the same color eyes than his parents. I mean, I had a A- in biology and I remember all those eye color “rules” and two people who both have blue eyes can’t have a kid with brown eyes!(!) Those small details actually annoy the c*ap out of me no matter how small of a detail it is!

On that note I will finish this short post about The Switch but in short, movie started out good, got a little interesting in the end but after that got boring so you could multitask while watching this movie pretty easily, not a lot of attention needed and you’d probably know the whole story after the first 15 minutes – predictable, predictable, predictable.

# 75 – The Bounty Hunter

I finally took some time to see this, I was sad that I took the time – I’d rather watch a bad horror movie than see Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler run around the city and rekindle their lost marriage. Logic in this was far out of the window – too many bad guys, too much guns simply too much! It actually reminds me of Killers and you already know what thought about that, it looks like they both tried to do Mr. and Mrs. Smith, especially Jennifer Aniston – we all know she has it in for Jolie who took her man! But Jennifer Aniston is a sweet girl, I wouldn’t want her being shot at – I’d rather see her safely tucked under the covers. And to all the other Hollywood sweethearts, stop being Angelina Jolie, you can’t pull that tough girl act, Jolie can because she is – no sweet Friends girl can do what she does.

I have no words for Gerard, I’d rather pretend he wasn’t in that movie and reminisce him in Rock’nRolla and stick with that. NB: You cast Gerard as Milo? Are you kidding me, he doesn’t look like Milo! Milo is a IT-guy with a pony tale sitting in front of the computer wearing sweatpants (with a hint of sweat odour) and gaining weight by eating MacBurgers.

This being said, you can imagine how much I disliked the movie – probably because I was waiting much more from Aniston and especially from Butler! Hoping that next time those two are in a movie (not in the same one hopefully) they get characters that suit them. Hoping that next time they don’t read a bad script and like it – stop writing bad romantic comedies, they seem stupid and make teh actors/actresses look even more stupid – I rest my case.